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General information about the IGC
What is the IGC?
The International Graduate Center (IGC) is part of the Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences, a state university that enjoys a tradition of more than 100 years. Located in the heart of Bremen, the IGC offers a wide range of MBA and master degree programs in the area of international and European business and management. Its internationally oriented study programs prepare students for leadership tasks and represent the perfect basis for a successful career.
What programs does the IGC offer?
Where is the IGC located?
Located in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Bremen in Germany, the IGC is near the city’s beautiful center, the airport, and some of the main parts of the city. These include Bremen’s oldest quarter, the Schnoor and the Schlacte, a riverfront that contains places to walk and hang out. It is surrounded by multiple options of cafés, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and further shopping opportunities. Thanks to its convenient location, the IGC can also be quickly and easily reached by public transport. For more information on transport connections, please check the section “Location Plan” on the following link.
How can I get in contact with the IGC?
Please contact us via our contact form
General contact details:
International Graduate Center
Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences
28199 Bremen – Germany
Difference between MBA and master
What is an MBA?
The Master of Business Administration is a rather young academic degree originating from the U.S. in the 20th century. As a non-consecutive kind of studying, the education of the MBA program is not just based on previous course work, but also on additional qualifications in a range of management and business fields in a practice-oriented way. Additionally, students can guide their career in another direction with the MBA.
- Requirements: Successfully completed Bachelor's degree & work experience
- Focus: Theory & Practice alike, basic knowledge in different business disciplines, learning on the operative level
- Structure: Full time or half time (1 or 2 years), Part 1: Core modules, Part 2: Specialization & dissertation
- Content: Theory in a classroom setting, practical orientation with external practitioners, discussions, consulting-projects, hard & soft skills
- Career prospects: Generalist, leadership positions, future career in diverse business fields
What is a Master?
In contrast to an MBA, a Master's Degree is a very old academic degree with roots in Europe in the 13th century. As a consecutive study program, the Master is based on the contents from the previous main course and aims to educate in a specific area by focusing on scientific analysis.
- Requirements: Successfully completed Bachelor's degree
- Focus: Theory & Literature, research-oriented, focus on one area of international business (e.g. marketing or finance), learning on the strategic level
- Structure: Full time or half time (1 or 2 years), Part 1: Courses and lectures for specialization, Part 2: Master's thesis
- Content: Theory, literature analysis, classical lectures and seminars
- Career prospects: Specialist, management position, research
What to do if I cannot decide whether I want an MBA or master?
Choosing the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program, you don't have to decide at all whether to study the MBA or Master. With this program you can get two degrees in two countries in just one year: one MBA degree in Bremen and another degree at one of five accredited partner universities worldwide. Take the opportunity to increase your future career options with a Double Degree.
How do I find out if I am suitable for one of the programs?
In order to find out if you are qualified, please check the requirements on the website. Additionally, you can also contact your program coordinator for the program you are interested in.
For more general questions, you can contact our admission team.
What are the requirements?
Basic entry requirements:
- Copy of your passport or birth certificate
- Curriculum Vitae
- Proof of previous University degree(s) and transcripts
- Proof of English language skills (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)
- Proof of practical knowledge or work experience (at least 12 months, IMBA 2 years )
- Letter of recommendation by a university teacher or employer
- Motivation letter in which you express your interest in the program
- Passport photograph
- Original APS-Certificate (for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants only)
Please note that some programs have specific requirements so it is advised to check the program website to ensure you meet the requirements.
If you are interested in applying for our International MBA, MBA in Global Management, MBA in European/Asian Management or the Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Management, it will be necessary to obtain a TOEFL score of at least 80-84 IBT or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Other programs also demand a TOEFL score of at least 80-84 IBT, but an IELTS minimum score of 6.0. Test results must not be older than two years.
I do not have enough work experience. Is there a possibility of studying at the IGC without having practical knowledge?
All our programs, with the exception of the Master of Arts in European Studies, require a minimum of 12 months’ work experience.
If you do not have the work experience or are interested in a program other than the MA in European Studies, we welcome you to apply once you meet the requirements. Internships can count as work experience as long as they have not been part of your previous studies.
Do I need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test if I already studied in English?
If your prior degree has been fully taught in English, you may provide us a formal letter from your university stating that English was the medium of instruction. There are certain exceptions to this requirement. If you are interested in receiving a double degree with the focus on either Human Resource Management or International Finance and Investments, a TOEFL or IELTS test is required. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA (International Finance and Investments) accepts TOEFL and IELTS tests, the University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain (Human Resource Management) accepts only IELTS.
When is the deadline for submitting applications?
I have not yet completed my Bachelor’s degree. Is there a possibility to submit the certificate at a later date?
This may be possible depending on your application and circumstances. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with a “Declaration of missing documents form.” When you fill out and submit the form, we can start evaluating your application. It is important to keep in mind that even if you are admitted, this does not waive the required document. You will need to bring the original documents with you to Bremen and submit them to the IGC via e-mail as soon as it becomes available.
I am having difficulties uploading documents. What should I do?
Each document should not exceed the size of 2 MB. You should work on sizing of the documents and wait until you receive a confirmation that the documents have been uploaded successfully. If you are still unable to upload your documents, you may send us the documents directly to email@example.com and let us know that you were unable to upload them.
How can I be sure that all of my documents have been submitted successfully?
How long does it take to process applications?
When will I find out if I am accepted or not?
What do I need in order to apply for a visa?
Most importantly, you will need notification of admission. Due to the fact that visa processing can take up to several months, we advise you to submit your application as early as possible. If you need help with your visa, or if you are not sure about the required documents, we recommend you check out the following website. Christian Frank, Head of the International Student Assistance at the IGC, is also able to help you with questions regarding visa proceedings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Studying at the IGC
How long does it take to finish a degree?
Most full-time programs at the IGC take one year to finish. The program duration varies between two semesters which includes courses and writing the master’s thesis or two semesters of courses plus a third semester where you will write your master thesis. The MBA in Global Management and the MBA in International Tourism Management are designed for a duration of three semesters.
When does the fall semester begin?
The fall semester starts at the beginning of October or November, depending on your program (please check program website). In order to help you transition to life in Bremen, the first week of the semester is set up as an orientation week. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow students as well as IGC staff, learn about Bremen, and participate in activities. You won’t want to miss out on this important first week!
Where do the students/professors come from?
Students at the IGC come from all over the world. On average, the IGC will have between 25-40 nationalities represented in each year’s intake. The professors come from all over the world as well and are experts in their fields. They typically take a practical approach where you will apply what you have learned to real life cases/scenarios.
Do I need to write a master’s thesis?
Am I able to stay and work in Germany after completing my masters thesis? Is there assistance available to help me with this?
Many students choose to stay and work in Germany after graduation. You will be required to get a visa in order to stay and look for work in Germany. There will be some sessions to provide assistance in preparing for a applying to jobs, what sorts of jobs you can apply to and other career preparation.
Can I apply for a scholarship?
If you have not found your answer above, we are happy to help you out. For the following questions please follow the specific blue button:
- For questions regarding specific requirements or the program content, please reach out to the respective program coordinator.
- If you have questions after your application reach out to our admissions team.
- If your questions concern your planning after you have secured your place, reach out to our International Student Assistance (ISA) team.
- If you have a question and don't know whom to contact, you can use our general contact form.